Introduction to Navigation

NOTE:  When you have reviewed the information for Lesson 1 please contact an administrator to obtain an access code for the exam.  This code will also give you access to the exams for the remainder of the lessons.  You can re-take the test if needed but you will be given only one attempt per test initially - additional attempts can be added if required BUT if you do not pass after three tries your next attempt cannot be earlier than one week after the third attempt AND you must first discuss the subject matter with a sim flight instructor prior to re-taking the test.

When you are ready to take the first written exam contact an administrator or sim flight instructor to be transferred to the Introduction to Navigation  group on the test site.  You do not need a code and do not need to register on the test site again.  Once you have been transferred to the group go to the Elite PremAir Test Site by clicking here - Test Site Link.  This link will give you access to all three tests in this group but you should take the test only after you are confident you have an understanding of material in the associated lesson.

When you are ready to take the practical exam contact one of the sim flight instructors or an administrator to make arrangements.

Pilots who fly for the Elite PremAir Virtual Airline can find the flight hours awarded for completion of the written part of the course the additional flight hours for the practical exam along with the rank minimum ranks that it apply to each (those above that rank can also get flight hour credit) on the Pilot Ranks and Requirements page.

This lesson covers the basics of sectional charts, introduces METARs and the basics of wind effect and wind correction.  IFR charts are covered in a later course.

Recommended prerequisites include:

  • Basics of Aviation (3 lessons)

The information presented is based on FAA regulations.  Requirements for Europe, Asia and other parts of the world that fall under ICAO, EurOps, local regulatory or other authority may differ from the FAA regulations.

This course covers the basics of VOR navigation and the use of DME.  Use of VOR for non-precision approaches is covered in a later course.

Recommended prerequisites include:

  • Basics of Aviation (3 lessons)

  • Introduction to Navigation - Maps, Weather and Winds

The information presented is based on FAA regulations.  Requirements for Europe, Asia and other parts of the world that fall under ICAO, EurOps, local regulatory or other authority may differ from the FAA regulations.

This lesson covers navigation using NDB navigational facilities.  Use of the ADF for NDB non-precision approaches is covered in a later course.  Also covered here are some basics on the aircraft compass.  You may be aware that there are radio facilities known as compass locators - like NDBs but lower power and use the bottom of the frequency spectrum.  These are not really compasses in the magnetic compass sense but for lack of a better place to put information regarding the magnetic compass we put it in this lesson.

Recommended prerequisites include:

  • Basics of Aviation (3 lessons)

  • Introduction to Navigation - Maps, Weather and Winds, Navigation by VOR and DME

The information presented is based on FAA regulations.  Requirements for Europe, Asia and other parts of the world that fall under ICAO, EurOps, local regulatory or other authority may differ from the FAA regulations.

Once you have completed the three courses above you will be eligible to take the practical exam.  This exam combines the principles learned in the three lessons.  The link will take you to the available scenarios that will be used - one will be selected from those listed.

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